Czechs put to the SWORD

23rd October 2020 - 15:04 GMT | by Trevor Nash in Holsworthy


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MASA is to supply AI-based SWORD software to the University of Defence, Czech Republic.

The University of Defence in Brno, Czech Republic, has selected MASA to supply its AI-based SWORD constructive training software for operational research purposes in the areas of war-gaming, analysis and experimentation.

This year has been a particularly fruitful one for the Paris-based MASA contracts previously signed in Spain and Finland.

According to MASA, this was a competitive procurement and followed evaluation of ‘several companies’ solutions.

The system is now in service in Brno following customization of the baseline product to meet the University of Defence’s requirements and to match Czech military operational doctrine.

‘One of the things in experimentation that is an absolute must is to be able to define individual unmanned autonomous vehicles, robots both for land and air missions,  and swarms of robots,’ explained the University of Defence’s Dean, Col Ing Jan Drozd.

Explaining other applications for SWORD in Brno, Drozd said it, ‘also allows us to gain a better insight into urban warfare. We hope that SWORD will become our go-to tool for science and research.’

According to MASA CEO, Marc de Fritsch, ‘the University of Defense is the sixth organization to use SWORD for operational research. ‘Current users are Parsons Corporation, DGA France, DSTA Singapore, DSTG Australia and two others that we are not permitted to name.’

SWORD is an automated, aggregated, AI-based constructive simulation that is designed to provide military command and staff training, provide an analysis tool and decision support tool.

The software can also be used by crisis managers and their staff in the emergency preparedness sector.

SWORD’s AI capabilities are provided by MASA’s proprietary AI engine, Direct AI.

Discussing other potential applications for SWORD in Brno, the Vice-Dean for Research, Maj Dr Karel Šilinger said that it ‘could be used to gauge the value of equipment, devices and systems, prior to purchase,’ by the Czech Army.

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